Al Petteway is a Grammy and Indie Award-winning guitarist who has performed, toured and recorded with many of acoustic music’s best-known artists including folks like Jethro Burns, Peter Rowan, Jonathan Edwards, Tom Paxton, Debi Smith, Cheryl Wheeler, Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone and many more. In addition, he was an on-call backup and session musician in the Washington, D.C. area for many years. In recent years, he has been touring as a solo artist and coordinating the Guitar Week summer music program for the Swannanoa Gathering’s Guitar Week where he was presented with a “Master Music Maker” from Warren Wilson College and the Gathering.
Al’s compositions and arrangements for acoustic fingerstyle guitar are strongly influenced by his love of Celtic, Appalachian, Folk, and Blues styles. His music is featured on dozens of CDs and on the soundtracks of documentaries by filmmaker Ken Burns, most notably the Emmy-winning PBS series, “The National Parks-America’s Best Idea.” Al was voted one of the “Top Fifty Acoustic Guitarists of All Time” by the readers of Acoustic Guitar magazine where he also won Silver and Bronze medals for Celtic and Fingerstyle guitar in the magazine’s Player’s Choice Awards. To date, Al has released eleven solo albums and nine duo albums with his wife Amy White.
His newest CD “The Collector’s Passion” features him playing some of his best loved compositions along with a number of new tunes on sixteen of the finest acoustic guitars available today.